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Nicki Richesin

Nicki Richesin - Editor

San Francisco, CA, United States

I am a book editor with over 15 years of experience specializing in memoir, literary and commercial fiction, and select nonfiction.

Overview

I got my start in publishing at Bloomsbury and Thomson in London. Then I moved to San Francisco to work at Pearson and Red Herring and Edutopia (part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation) magazines. I began my freelance editing business in 2001. I love helping my clients bring their books to life, collaborating with them to make their stories as sophisticated and sharp as possible.

After closely reading your manuscript, I provide detailed guidelines for revision to improve the structure of your book, its clarity, character and plot development, and narrative flow. Your manuscript pages will be edited with comments and questions and you’ll receive a critique with broader advice. I offer notes with careful attention to your style, suggestions for improvement in language and syntax, as well as characterization and pacing.

My primary focus is on structure, style, and content. I point out structural difficulties, plot or thematic inconsistencies, and areas where the writing can be strengthened. With these detailed notes in hand, you’ll know where to focus your attention during revisions.

I would be delighted to help you polish your manuscript and then eventually share your book with the world. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Literature Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
April, 2001 – Present (over 16 years)

I am a freelance editor with author, publisher, and agency clients. I work with writers providing conceptual development notes to strengthen book projects with an emphasis on memoir, literary and commercial fiction, and select nonfiction. As the author and editor of four anthologies (The May Queen, Because I Love Her, What I Would Tell Her, and Crush), I had the great privilege of editing over a hundred talented writers including Cheryl Strayed, Karen Joy Fowler, Chris Bohjalian, Emily St. John Mandel, Roxane Gay, Kaui Hart Hemmings, David Levithan, Lauren Oliver, and Meghan Daum. My books have been excerpted and praised in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times.

I direct editorial development on behalf of publishers and agents for their contracted authors; established authors hire me during their development process; or I am hired by debut authors who are seeking to elevate their work before querying agents. I offer creative support and coaching as well as consulting.

Previously, I worked at Thomson and Bloomsbury in London, and then Red Herring and Edutopia magazines in San Francisco. I am the former San Francisco Editor of DuJour and Rundown and a frequent contributor to Sunset, The Huffington Post, and 7x7.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The May Queen: Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling It All Together in Your 30s

Andrea N. Richesin

If recent bestsellers such as The Bitch in the House and Midlife Crisis at Thirty serve as any indication of how women are experiencing their thirties, who can blame women embarking upon this decade in their life for panicking? Yet, as the contributors to this thoughtful and inspiring book attest, it doesn't have to be so scary. In The May Queen, a wide array of women-including bestselling aut... read more

If recent bestsellers such as The Bitch in the House and Midlife Crisis at Thirty serve as any indication of how women are experiencing their thirties, who can blame women embarking upon this decade in their life for panicking? Yet, as the contributors to this thoughtful and inspiring book attest, it doesn't have to be so scary. In The May Queen, a wide array of women-including bestselling aut... read more

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Sari Botton

Winner of a Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That, a work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits. ... read more

Winner of a Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That, a work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits. ... read more

Sleeps with Dogs: Tales of a Pet Nanny at the End of Her Leash

Lindsey Grant

Go behind closed doors and discover the secret lives of some of the most devoted pet owners, whether they’re feeding their dogs home-cooked meals or leaving Animal Planet on all day to keep their pets company.As a round-the-clock animal nanny, Lindsey Grant shared a bed with countless dogs, cooked custom meals for exotic birds, broke up brawls between animals and spouses alike, weathered end-o... read more

Go behind closed doors and discover the secret lives of some of the most devoted pet owners, whether they’re feeding their dogs home-cooked meals or leaving Animal Planet on all day to keep their pets company.As a round-the-clock animal nanny, Lindsey Grant shared a bed with countless dogs, cooked custom meals for exotic birds, broke up brawls between animals and spouses alike, weathered end-o... read more

Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping

Kerry Cohen

In Spent, editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women’s true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships. With a contributor list that includes notable female writers like Emily Chenoweth, Ophira Eisenberg, Allison Amend, and Aryn Kyle, the essays each shine light on... read more

In Spent, editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women’s true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships. With a contributor list that includes notable female writers like Emily Chenoweth, Ophira Eisenberg, Allison Amend, and Aryn Kyle, the essays each shine light on... read more

The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings For Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days

Pooja Mottl

Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, delicious foods—three days at a time. Each reset takes only 72 hours to compl... read more

Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, delicious foods—three days at a time. Each reset takes only 72 hours to compl... read more

Crush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love

Andrea N. Richesin

Readers will fall head over heels for this nostalgic and irreverent collection.Twenty-six bestselling authors return to the teenage bedrooms, school hallways and college dorms of their youth to share passionate essays of love lost and found and lessons learned along the way. Whether heartbreaking or hilarious, their soul-baring honesty reminds us to keep reaching for true love wherever we can ... read more

Readers will fall head over heels for this nostalgic and irreverent collection.Twenty-six bestselling authors return to the teenage bedrooms, school hallways and college dorms of their youth to share passionate essays of love lost and found and lessons learned along the way. Whether heartbreaking or hilarious, their soul-baring honesty reminds us to keep reaching for true love wherever we can ... read more

What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To and Letting Go of Their Daughters

Andrea N. Richesin

In this surprisingly vulnerable collection, twenty-eight talented fathers explore the complex, enigmatic bond they have with their daughters. These endearing, often funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories have in common an overpowering sense of responsibility and a depth of affection that is unflinchingly tender. Through their shared experiences, they examine relationships fraught with chall... read more

In this surprisingly vulnerable collection, twenty-eight talented fathers explore the complex, enigmatic bond they have with their daughters. These endearing, often funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories have in common an overpowering sense of responsibility and a depth of affection that is unflinchingly tender. Through their shared experiences, they examine relationships fraught with chall... read more

Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers Reflect on the Mother-Daughter Bond

various

This profound and poignant collection highlights some of the best literary writers of our time in an era when the roles of mothers and daughters are constantly being questioned and redefined. Because I Love Her explores the deepest bonds and truths of motherhood by sharing stories and secrets of becoming a mother and grandmother. Ranging from established and bestselling authors to exciting new... read more

This profound and poignant collection highlights some of the best literary writers of our time in an era when the roles of mothers and daughters are constantly being questioned and redefined. Because I Love Her explores the deepest bonds and truths of motherhood by sharing stories and secrets of becoming a mother and grandmother. Ranging from established and bestselling authors to exciting new... read more

32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line

Eric Ripert, Veronica Chambers

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Hailed by Anthony Bourdain as “heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring,” 32 Yolks is the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their ... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Hailed by Anthony Bourdain as “heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring,” 32 Yolks is the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their ... read more

Puck: (A Twisted Lit Novel)

Kim Askew, Amy Helmes

Life isn’t always fair, and no one knows that better than fifteen-year-old Puck. When she’s unceremoniously booted from yet another foster home, this city kid lands at DreamRoads, a rehabilitation wilderness camp for juvies. Her fellow campers include a famous pop star with a diva attitude, a geeky, “fish out water” math whiz, and a surly gang-banger with a chip on his shoulder. The program’s ... read more

Life isn’t always fair, and no one knows that better than fifteen-year-old Puck. When she’s unceremoniously booted from yet another foster home, this city kid lands at DreamRoads, a rehabilitation wilderness camp for juvies. Her fellow campers include a famous pop star with a diva attitude, a geeky, “fish out water” math whiz, and a surly gang-banger with a chip on his shoulder. The program’s ... read more

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